Forums: Skydiving: Events & Places to Jump:
Which DZ in Europe?

 


karakum

May 4, 2013, 3:31 AM
Post #1 of 7 (802 views)
Shortcut
Which DZ in Europe? Can't Post

Hello everybody,

I plan a skydiving trip in June. Which Dropzones do you advice in Europe? I am looking for a busy one, 10 - 12 jumps in a day, may be a wind tunnel near the DZ(not necesserily).

Thanks.


ScoopUK  (A 105948)

May 4, 2013, 5:21 AM
Post #2 of 7 (776 views)
Shortcut
Re: [karakum] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

Empuriabrava, Spain is very busy and they have a wind tunnel on site too. You'll have no problem achieving what you want there. It's also home to Babylon Freefly so if you are after top quality coaching you could do worse ;-)

http://www.skydiveempuriabrava.com/index-2.html

If you are licenced use the 'advanced' menu.


mik  (D 11111)

May 5, 2013, 10:13 PM
Post #3 of 7 (685 views)
Shortcut
Re: [ScoopUK] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

I am surprised if a fun jumper could get 10-12 jumps a day at Empuria. I have visited Empuria on 6-8 separate trips and have never got anywhere close to that number of jumps per day as a fun jumper (one rig, packing for myself in 6-8 minutes).

I can do 10-12 jumps a day at my home DZ (sometimes 15) packing for myself, but that requires long hours of daylight, good weather and some luck with manifest. And my home DZ usually has 4-6 Let 410s operational (each with 20 jumpers) and an Mi8 helicopter (20 jumpers). So no shut downs for refuelling etc. Even with this, jumping more than once an hour on average over the course of a day takes some doing.

Empuria is marketed as a great DZ, but in my view, often by those who have a vested interest in attracting new jumpers there or by Brits who have limited experience of DZs outside of the UK. It is a good DZ, in a very pleasant town, with some great coaches etc and the addition of a wind tunnel is a great bonus, but I think things must have changed since I was last there if a fun jumper can realistically expect 10-12 jumps a day there (if doing coached jumps with a coach who can pre-manifest, things may be different of course).

So the comment that "You'll have no problem achieving what you want there" is a surprise to me.


ScoopUK  (A 105948)

May 6, 2013, 12:32 AM
Post #4 of 7 (671 views)
Shortcut
Re: [mik] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to:
So the comment that "You'll have no problem achieving what you want there" is a surprise to me.

It is busy and if the wind picks up it knocks things on the head pretty quick so you are right.

Where else would you recommend in Europe as I am keen to find somewhere different that you can jump hard and preferably cheaply. I really don't care about wind tunnels. I have no idea why you'd want to fly in a tunnel when you are at a great DZ unless it was bad weather or you were team training.


adamUK  (C 104423)

May 6, 2013, 12:33 AM
Post #5 of 7 (671 views)
Shortcut
Re: [mik] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to:
And my home DZ usually has 4-6 Let 410s operational (each with 20 jumpers) and an Mi8 helicopter (20 jumpers).

Do you jump at Aerograd Kolomna? Been there. Jump tickets were amazingly cheap when I went but I think it's got more expensive now. Jumping the Mi-8 was great fun.


mik  (D 11111)

May 6, 2013, 2:49 AM
Post #6 of 7 (658 views)
Shortcut
Re: [ScoopUK] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

I am not sure where in Europe has the facilities to do 10-12 jumps a day. I like Empuria because of all the non-skydiving activities in the area, plus things like the coaching, the canopy school etc etc. But for me it is the sort of place to go for fairly relaxed jumping.

Aerograd in Kolomna (my adopted DZ in Russia) is somewhere that can help people to bang out a load of jumps. The most I did in 2 weeks of jumping (about 12 full days) was just over 120 jumps. But that was in summer, when the weather gods were not misbehaving. It is more expensive than it used to be but is still something like $20 to 13,500 and I think discounts apply for a block of 50 jumps. But most people will have to get a visa so it becomes a bit more difficult to travel to than a DZ in the EU.


mariadmitrienko

May 7, 2013, 6:27 AM
Post #7 of 7 (594 views)
Shortcut
Re: [karakum] Which DZ in Europe? [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi!
You should checkout this Finnish boogie http://www.playdate.fi
It'll be amongs the top3 boogies in Europe this year, with fast Porter planes, no operational time limitations (plans are 9am-9pm), lots of cool organizers, fun and play!
6th to 13th of July in Oripaa, Finland!


(This post was edited by mariadmitrienko on May 7, 2013, 6:28 AM)



Forums : Skydiving : Events & Places to Jump

 


Search for (options)